The Island of Dr. Libris

Island Doctor Libri by Chris GrabensteinSpending a summer at a lakeside cabin belonging to the mysterious Dr. Libris, Billy is astonished when he hears sounds of adventures in progress whenever he opens one of Dr. Libris’ books. By the best-selling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.

Lost Boy

Lost BoyAfter a near-fatal car accident, 12-year-old Ryder’s mother needs an operation they cannot afford and while a new friend tries to raise funds, Ryder travels with a grouchy, disabled neighbor from Yankee Stadium to Turner Field seeking the major league baseball player who might be Ryder’s father.

Big Top Burning: The True Story of an Arsonist, a Missing Girl, and the Greatest Show on Earth

Big Top BurningPlease join us Friday June 5th at 7:00p.m. for an exciting evening of history, pictures and discussion with Laura Woollett for the Book Launch of “Big Top Burning: The True Story of an Arsonist, a Missing Girl, and the Greatest Show on Earth” all about the 1944 Hartford Circus Fire. The book is written for ages 10+, but the talk and slide show is geared to ALL ages, including adults.
About the book:
Big Top Burning investigates the 1944 Hartford circus fire and invites readers to take part in a critical evaluation of the evidence

The fire broke out at 2:40 p.m. Thousands of men, women, and children were crowded under Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s big top watching the Flying Wallendas begin their death-defying high-wire act. Suddenly someone screamed “Fire!” and the panic began. By 2:50 the tent had burned to the ground. Not everyone had made it out alive.

With primary source documents and survivor interviews, Big Top Burning recounts the true story of the 1944 Hartford circus fire—one of the worst fire disasters in U.S. history. Its remarkable characters include: Robert Segee, the 15-year-old circus roustabout and known pyromaniac; and the Cook children, Donald, Eleanor, and Edward, who were in the audience when the circus tent caught fire. Guiding readers through the investigations of the mysteries that make this moment in history so fascinating, this book asks: Was the unidentified body of a little girl nicknamed “Little Miss 1565” Eleanor Cook? Was the fire itself an act of arson—and did Robert Segee set it? Big Top Burning combines a gripping disaster story, an ongoing detective and forensics saga, and World War II–era American history, inviting middle-grades readers to take part in a critical evaluation of the evidence and draw their own conclusions.

E. Aster Bunnymund

E. Aster Bunnymund cover

By William Joyce

Pitch, the Nightmare King, and his Fearlings had been soundly driven back by Nicholas St. North and company in the first Guardians’ adventure. But now Pitch has disappeared completely–and out of sight does NOT make for out of mind. Enter E. Aster Bunnymund, the only emissary of the fabled brotherhood of the Pookas–the league of philosophical warrior rabbits of imposing intellect and size.

 

Nicholas St. North

Nicholas St. North cover

By William Joyce and Laura Gringer, illustrated by William Joyce

Forget naughty or nice; this is a battle of good and evil. Luminary Joyce and co-author Geringer deliver the first book in a new series. Before Santa was Santa, he was Nicholas St. North–a daredevil swordsman whose prowess with double scimitars was legendary.

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